Elijah was sitting, minding his own business, when a mysterious light suddenly surrounded him. His position in its centre prevented him from noticing but the shape of the light seemed to suggest that they were looking just for him.
Somehow he found himself on what appeared to be a rather metallic but pretty alien planet.
Unfortunately, as soon as he began to relax and enjoy the twinkling lights, he was sucked into a giant pipe. He was wooshed through the darkness for a terrifyingly long time, but eventually he was spat out.
At that moment one of the aliens snatched him up and began experimenting on him.
hung him from chains,
and squashed him in a vice below a blade that looked very, very sharp to Elijah. Luckily though the alien seemed to be testing how easy he was to scare, rather than whether he could be sawed in half.
This ‘fear’ testing, for that was all Elijah could think it could be, continued.
He was squashed between rollers until he screamed,
and spun on a wheel until he felt dizzy.
Elijah suddenly found himself dumped back on earth, peering up at the green glow of the spaceship as it rapidly receded.
he rode a motorbike
and a helpful but not very chatty alpaca,
and eventually arrived at the pub. Where he tried to relax with a nice, quiet Guinness
and avoid any reminders of his terrifying ordeal.
I know some of you are just as silly as I am and to reassure myself that this is indeed the case I’m having a contest. Now that the Elijah pattern is up I’m looking forward to seeing them appear all over the world, and I want to see what adventures all of these fresh new Elijah’s have. All that you have to do is make your own Elijah (breaking into my flat and stealing mine will automatically disqualify you), take a photo or photos* of him having an adventure and upload it to the Adventures of Elijah flickr group. You’re welcome to include the story of his adventures, but you don’t have to. You have until midnight GMT on November the 30th to upload your entries after which I will set up a poll so that everyone can vote for their favourite Elijah adventures. The winner will get fame, glory and a proper prize – a box of goodies from me.
*You can enter as many photos as you like, but they will be counted as a single entry and must all tie together as part of a single adventure.
An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.
This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.
This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds.